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Dwight Howard tells Shaq to “get on with his life”

Jan 20, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

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Shaquille O’Neal loves to needle Dwight Howard. Why? Mostly because he’s Shaq, but there is that whole silly “Superman” thing (Shaq’s nickname but a persona Howard used to win the dunk contest in 2008).

Now, Shaq’s got a big megaphone on TNT’s Inside the NBA. National broadcast where he can and did say Andrew Bynum is the only true big man in the game.

But Howard has fired back. Check out the video over at NBA.com, but for now here is the money quote from it:

“He’s mad about Superman. I didn’t know he made it up. I didn’t know Superman came from Shaquille O’Neal… He’s still mad about it. I would suggest he just sit down and get on with his life. He don’t play no more so what’s the point of talking trash. It’s not like we’re wrestlers and we can battle it out. Who cares?”

Okay then, it is on. As Stan Van Gundy says later in that same video, Shaq gets paid now to spout his opinions. It’s up to the rest of us to take them with a grain of salt.

  1. charlutes - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Good for you Howard. Shut up Shaq, jealous clown.

  2. brooklynbulls - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I take everything Shaq says about players with a grain of salt. He’s still too close to the game, alot of his opinions are going to be personal. He’s notorious for all of the feuds he’s had with those he’s played with and against. He is at least, entertaining.

  3. mjbulls45 - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    i love dwight but shaq is the original

    like when krusty tried to change jokes, and take me so sorry outta the act,

    and bart was like woah man , dont touch a classic

    • frakfrakfrak - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      “The Simpsons” sucks. Grow up and watch a real show.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        Are you kidding? One of the best written shows in the past couple decades. This is a Simpsons-friendly blog.

  4. rgledz - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    @charlutes….

    Who’s the clown big guy…….you wanna compare rings between Shaq and Dwight??? I thought so………..clown.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Who’s still playing, with plenty of time to get rings?
      Pretty damn stupid argument you have there………..clown.

  5. isujames - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    shaq wishes he ciuld play @ the level howard currently plays @.Case of envy

    • giselleisasucubus - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      that might be the dumbest cooment I have ever seen. Dwight Howard isnt a fraction of what Shaq was, and if anyone wants to debate, I will happily accept. Dwight Howard is good, but his offensive game sucks. Shaq was good at everything except FT’s, which, Dwight sucks at too. I am starting to really dislike Howard and his stupid fake smile. Your not magic you know.

  6. goforthanddie - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I can take Shaq or leave him, but if he’s spouting ignorance like “Bynum is better than Howard”, his bosses should can him and demand a refund.

    • kinggw - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      I cant stand Shaq, but Bynum is better offensively than Howard. Bynum is third option for the Lakers. If he was the number one option his numbers would be far better than Howards. Bynum will never come close to rebounding or playing D as well as Howard does, but offensively speaking, Shaq was right.

    • oumoonunit - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      I don’t like Shaq, but that is not what he said. He was talking about a true big man (center). If Howard played 15 years ago, he would have been a power forward. The game has just changed; that is what I really think Shaq was getting at.

      • david8726 - Jan 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        That isn’t true at all.

        Hakeem Olajuwon and Alonzo Mourning played center at an elite level 15 years ago and Dwight Howard is bigger than both of them.

        Just because Dwight isn’t as big as someone like Shaq or even Ewing doesn’t mean he isn’t a legit center for any era.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Bynum is light years ahead of Howard on offense. The only thing that makes Howard better is he plays more. Take away Bynums injuries, and I take him over Howard in a heartbeat.

  7. raidmagic - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Shaq is doing exactly what he is paid to do, get people talking about him and TNT’s show. It worked

  8. 00maltliquor - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Sounds pretty petty. Like a couple of high school girls fighting over who got their haircut like that 1st.

    “Tell Me How My A $ $ Taste”, vol.2 coming out soon?? (*fingers crossed*)

  9. tomtravis76 - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Shaq is an NBA icon, he is one of the 5 best centers to ever play the game. Just because Howard has had some good years and is very likeable, doesn’t mean he is ready to be in the same conversation as Shaq. Howard has alot of years left and alot to prove, maybe some new scenary will help with a new supporting cast.

  10. ogre2010 - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Great Comeback Dwight

  11. rgledz - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    @goforthanddie…

    Are you kidding me? there are hundreds of guys that are still playing and not very many of them in the realm of Shaq. So I would say that your argument is pretty stupid. He’s still playing…..and? He might win an MVP he might win a championship he might be one of the 50 greatest players ever…….difference is, Shaq is all of those things, not too mention a hall of famer. There’s no “might” to any of that buddy. Dwight can hope and wish that he has a career like Shaq…..you know what they say, you can crap in one hand and wish in the other, see which one fills up first……..clown.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      Yeah, and Shaq’s DONE. He was done when he went to CLE, but decided to pitiful himself through a few more years.
      Has Howard had the benefit of a Wade or Kobe? Did Shaq win a damn thing w/o another HoF teammate? Here’s a hint: NO, and NO.
      If you want to compare a retired player’s accomplishments to someone still playing, in the prime of his career, you go son. Me? I prefer intelligence and common sense. I’d recommend both, but you’re obviously happy with stupidity and tunnel vision.
      You may return to Shaq’s sac. Or as you know it…dinner.

      • groundpounder95 - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        It’s cut and dry here. Shaq has a ring, Dwight does not.

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        Sasha Vujacic has two rings, so clearly he is better than Jerry West and Oscar Robertson who only have one….

      • tomtravis76 - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Come on, Kurt Helin, you are a basketball writer and you make a comeback with reserves, when you should clearly know what that comment meant about “great players” and rings.

        Wilt can’t even fill up one hand with rings, but he is the greatest center to ever play the game. And we all know what Bill did, but Bill is 4th or 5th best all time.

        1. Wilt, 2. Kareem, 3. Shaq, 4. Bill, 5. The Dream.

    • groundpounder95 - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Exactly, Howard is good but Shaq was great and had a long career. Howard needs to make his move now if he wants a ring.

  12. philtration - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Shaq was once a great player but he will always be an idiot.

  13. dgbk - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    it’s funny how shaq can get under howards skin so easily…. only way howard will shut him up is winning…..

  14. glink123 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Howard has peaked offensively as an NBA player. He’s lazy. He refuses to spend any time working on his game. Refuses to practice free-throws. Refuses to develop a mid-range game. He’s aloof. He’s Ben Wallace. Rebounds. Blocks shots. Has a deadly offensive game from 5 feet and closer. Bynum, however, is still learning the game. He’s healthy for the first time in his career. I’d take Bynum before Howard any day. Bynum has heart.

  15. telergy - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Skill wise..what can Dwight do that Bynum cant? If you flip the question around, Howard is not as offensively polished. Bynum is the better player.

  16. africanballer - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    It is not easy to admit but Shaq is right about Bynum

  17. isujames - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    @glink123 so you would take a tall,goofy,broken down young center with bad knees,no athleticism, and a short but long history of injuries over some one that is the opposite of. almost everything i said???If you said yes you must be bynum or a complete dummy.Thats the problem with people 7ft and taller they have short careers because of their abnormal size.

  18. rushbacker - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    I generally like Shaq, but that’s just childish. And no, it’s not on– Dwight pretty much roasted him, and that should be that.

  19. metalhead65 - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    after last nights game I think any bynum is better talk should have been put to rest.I am sure shaq and laker fans will have some kind of excuse but the bottom line is howard destroyed him.bynum for howard only works for the lakers and if I were Orlando I call howard’s bluff. they may get nothing if he leaves but will he really leave all that money behind? here is the one case where a player can say it is not about the money and prove it. if you mean that then go ahead and leave 30 million behind to play someplace else.

  20. giselleisasucubus - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Dwight Howard is the most overrated player in basketball.

  21. t16rich - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Was that a challenge? Cause I bet Shaq would become a wrestler to duke it out with Dwight.

  22. qdog112 - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Everyone knows that Shaq is the “Big Clown-inator”. He played well, but his legacy was tarnished by the childish fuel with Kobe and the last 5 years of his career, which can only be described as “quadruple GARBAGE”.

  23. rgledz - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I would say that basing your argument on things that have not happened is stupidity and tunnel vision. I’ll go with the hall of fame guy with the rings and the awards and accolades in the bank. I know you might have to look up to word accolade so I thought about not using it, but it fits well. Fact, Kobe didn’t win a ring until he had Shaq, fact, D Wade didn’t win a ring until he had Shaq, hasn’t won one since either……even with Lebron. Dwight Howard has accomplished nothing other than a dunk contest win……….wow. It’s all about having respect for one of the best players ever, something you wouldn’t understand because your ignorance and stupidity get in the way. Now get back to work and later you can tell us how Dwight’s a$$ tastes.

    • david8726 - Jan 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      So because Shaq won some rings you’re going to shut your brain off and take everything he says seriously? Since when does being a hall of fame player mean you have any ability to judge how good current players are? The Isiah Thomas / Kevin McHale GM experiences should have taught you how silly that was.

      The fact is that there is not a single piece of objective data you can look at that would support the claim that Bynum is better than Howard. It’s really not close, either. Honestly this is a ridiculous debate.

      Also – Dwade carried Shaq to that fourth ring. Shaq barely did anything in the 2006 series against Dallas.

      Oh sure, because being a hall of fame player obviously means you are great at evaluating talent. That’s why Isiah Thomas was such a great GM!

      Oh wait…..

  24. deshackle - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Dwight Howard is a physically gifted athlete. He can call himself Aqua Man and still be one of the most popular athletes in the world. Although trivial, Shaq did the superman thing and Dwight Howard should’ve left it alone. Dwight Howard even going there shows his lack of respect and maturity. His selfish attitude is indicative to the modern-day NBA player. This is what happens when you draft chaps out of high school. You get moody, immature players. Guys that play hard only when they want to. You get guys that broker their own deals and will only play for readymade teams. This is why the average game in the NBA is unwatchable. Try the Milwaukee Bucks versus the Indiana Pacers on a Tuesday night.

    You don’t get this type of crap in the NFL. In the NFL guys are blessed to be on the team and lay it on the line every week.

  25. jimsjam33 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Shaq who ?

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